Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Kansas: State Senator looks to expand recall law

State Senator Dennis Pyle (R) is trying to expand the recall law, though the contours do not seem clear yet. The precipitating event seems to be the threat that Governor Laura Kelly (D) can effectively "pocket veto" legislation at the end of the session with the legislature requiring a special session in order to override the decision.

Kansas has a malfeasance standard recall law, so a pocket veto would almost certainly not be a reason to allow a recall. Pyle's letter does not explain how the law would be expanded, though it could add the pocket veto into the reasons for recall or just open up the state to a political recall law entirely. 

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